Neighbors in Glen Hazel react after 6-year-old boy accidentally shoots himself in head

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Glen Hazel community members are reeling after finding out a 6-year-old boy somehow got his hands on a gun and apparently accidentally shot himself inside of a duplex.

“Any shooting is terrible, but a young—that baby? I mean you can’t really find words for that,” said Lamont Harris of Glen Hazel.

Pittsburgh Police spent hours processing a home along Johnston Avenue.

Only Channel 11 obtained audio from a neighbor’s home surveillance system of the traumatic moments leading up to the incident Sunday just after 8 p.m.

You hear the single gun shot and screams for help moments later.

“I seen two ambulance come up the street with about I don’t know how many police cars then I heard a six year old child shot himself. It’s sad,” said Harris.

Pittsburgh Public Safety says after the boy was shot in the head he was rushed to a local hospital for treatment in critical condition.

At this point, it’s unclear how he got his hands on the gun.

Public safety confirms the weapon was legally purchased.

Four other people were in the house when it happened and they were taken in for questioning.

“Just gotta believe that he’ll make it. And I wish the best for this family and that little boy,” said Harris.

Neighbors say they feel horrible about the incident and are trying to understand why the weapon wasn’t secured.

“Can’t be nothing but a tragedy. Ya know what I mean?”

Pittsburgh Public Safety says this is an active and ongoing investigation.

At this point—no charges have been filed.

Stay with WPXI for updates.


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